Feb. 16, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Plans for a hotel at the former Western Beef supermarket site have been scrapped, as developers are now opting for a residential building instead.
The site at 36-20 Steinway St., where JMH Development was planning a 289-key hotel, will see a six-story rental building with 140 units, according to a spokesperson for the group.
The new building will include approximately 40,000 square feet of retail, along with parking. SCLE Architects, the Manhattan-based firm, is designing the building.
The spokesperson told the Queens Post that the plans changed over the summer due to the “oversupply of limited service hotels” in Long Island City and Manhattan. A limited service hotel is one that offers little to no services and amenities, and lacks a restaurant and banquet facilities.
The project is currently in the design phase, and construction is expected to start late summer.
The demolition of the existing one-story building, approved by the Department of Buildings in 2016 and withdrawn by the owner last summer, will take place next month.
News of Western Beef supermarket’s closing for development at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Steinway Street first came out in 2013, when the site was on the market for $17 million. The hotel was set to be dual branded, with one part opening under the Homewood Suites brand, and the other under the mid-priced Hampton Inn brand.
JMH Development is based in Brooklyn, and is most known for 184 Kent, a luxury rental building on the Williamsburg waterfront that was once a warehouse.